Railway Park Byron Bay

“Reinventing Byron Bay’s old railway precinct”

State

NSW

Design Partners

Plummer & Smith Landscape Architects

Scope of Work

Discover, Develop, Detail, Deliver

Pillar

Play

Executive Summary

After Byron Bay’s old train station was closed in 2004, the adjacent park at Railway Square became increasingly forgotten and underutilised. More than a decade later, Byron Shire Council drew up ambitious plans to revitalise the community space through the creation of Byron Bay Railway Park, designed by Plummer & Smith Landscape Architects. As part of the wider project, Fleetwood Urban was contracted to collaborate on a highly creative custom play structure to encourage local families to rediscover the once-buzzing heritage precinct in Byron’s town centre.

Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was appointed on the direct recommendation of Plummer & Smith Landscape Architects to collaborate on the new park’s hero play structure. Guided by our Design Execute2™ delivery process, we began by discussing and refining Plummer & Smith’s early concept sketches, turning them into detailed 3D drawings which proved critical in garnering local support via the Council’s community group consultations. A number of revisions were made and we then progressed the approved concept designs into drafting and design detailing, before leading the construction and assembly stages. To maximise project efficiencies, while simultaneously reducing disruptions at the site, the main structural components were pre-assembled in the controlled environment of our Wetherill Park facility in Sydney, before being transported north to Bryon Bay for smooth and safe installation.

Community Engagement

Byron Bay Railway Park was identified as a key deliverable in the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan (2016). It was developed by Byron Shire Council in direct consultation with a Masterplan Guidance Group, 22 highly active members of the Byron Bay community.

More Project Information

1

With generally negative attitudes towards the run-down space, both Council and Plummer & Smith Landscape Architects knew the vision for Byron Bay Railway Park needed to be exciting enough to recapture the community’s imagination. Rather than settle for an off-the-shelf solution they opted for something that had never been built before, creating a fully bespoke play structure. Delivering each of the play elements accurately was absolutely critical, but far from easy – especially from a constructability and methodology point of view. Even more challenging was ensuring the overall creative intent didn’t get lost due to the many Play standards and restraints that needed to be met.

2

The shape of the structure was truly custom, utilising an artistic take on the cladding to emulate a bird’s nest. Beyond its unusual design, another major challenge was the location – nestled in a corner at the back of the block, making access quite difficult. To deliver the structure successfully, our fabrication and installation teams had to constantly consider the wider architectural intent, making ongoing adjustments and being highly resourceful to ensure the ideal balance of creativity, safety and functionality was achieved.